“This is my seat”. I want to be seated on reserved seat. “What!” He exclaims. “Yes, this is mine it is reserved for us women”, I make him clear. “I came first so it’s mine, I don’t vacate.” He answers. “Hey sister, why are you fighting? go back side. You must be shameful to ask for seat though you are late to come”, vehicle’s helper gives support to his first passenger and others just enjoy hearing my single voice. # Dil bahadur (differently able person) spill his anger and worries: “we stop the vehicle but they don’t stop. Even if they stop it’s not easy to get rid on. No each of vehicles is disable friendly, so reservation for us is worthless to write. I ask him if he has raised the voice about it or not. His answer, “who will hear our voice?” # “Have you ever seen the lines written on vehicles about the reservation seat?” I question to my friend and she gives an affirmative nod. But she never cares for it because she supposes that to speak about the issue is to be weird because nobody either staffs or other passenger supports.
Yes, above are some examples to prove that though we are educated, though we have voice, though we are aware we still have been fertilizing the culture of Silence. We still feel hesitation to speak up about rights. We feel better to mute the voice to become like gentle person.
After feeling relief from ten years long Maoist armed conflict, Nepal finally declared the Democratic Republic in 2008. By then, Nepal is practicing to be more inclusive in every aspect and being more liberal to ensure people’s rights. Developing the concept of reservation is to ensure people’s rights and to include marginalized group such as ethnic and indigenous people, third gender, dalit (so called lower caste), woman and people with disability. Though the government’s step is commendable giving rights is not the complete solution, unless we cannot implement effectively.
As per need and as per plan, Nepal government has passed the code of conduct for public transportation to keep reservation for woman and people with disability in 2067 BS (one year before).By then, every public vehicle has mentioned for certain percent of seat as reserved for woman and people with disability. But it’s being just the new theme to write on the vehicle’s wall instead of poem or quote as the rule has not been followed by vehicle’s staff as well as people.
Making the rule is easy but implementing and establishing the system is hard, it’s the reality across the globe and we are going through the same realism as nobody is ready to accept the rules and nobody feels responsible to speak to make use of the rights. We have enough example of people’s power locally and globally. Centuries long regimes have been overthrown by the people’s power. Although we acknowledge this actuality of power of people, we overlook on these issues which is completely irresponsibleness. Who care if we people don’t care? , who speak if we people don’t speak?
It’s bitter reality, when a woman is ready for standing near the door but she is not ready to ask for reservation seat even seat is covered by young boys. Similarly, the boys also do not feel responsible to vacate the seat for standing woman, elderly people and disable. We never are supportive when someone speaks for rights. We just enjoy being dumb viewer which is pathetic. Undoubtedly, to execute new law is not trouble-free and it takes time. But keeping ourselves silent may make the time longer. For making an effective implementation, monitoring by governments and other stakeholders must be regular. Moreover, first thing is for whom it’s made for? is important to think. As river don’t haunt, thirst should haunt the river so we should be aware and we should sound off. We know unity is the strength but why we don’t unmute our voice when someone speaks for! Let’s break the culture of silence for our rights, let’s be united to make single voice loud.
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